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Monday, September 5, 2011

Places of Business in Waldron, 1974

Not all of these are strictly Waldron businesses, but here's a list of all the advertisers in the 1974 Waldron High School yearbook:

Waldron Church of the Nazarene (honoring graduates Terry Nichols, John York, Patricia Jones, Cathy Newberry, Barbie Owens, Pam Wadkins, and Terri Watkins

Saucier's Restaurant

Western Auto (The Cottinghams, Ralph, Madia, and Bruce)

Today's Army

Waldron Chamber of Commerce

The Fort Smith Savings and Loan League

Brown's Citgo Station (Tommy Brown, Jerry Hunt)

Worman Owens, County and Circuit Clerk

Y-City Conoco (Mr. and Mrs. Jack Miner)

Fred's Truck Stop

Hunt's Store and Gulf Station, Boles Arkansas

Diamond "J" Motel's Bridal Rooms (...are waiting for you!  As our guests, you receive a free Polaroid color picture!)

Hathaway Feed & Supply

Rep. Jim Lassiter

Waldron Food Center (Gerald Maddox, Owner)

Waldron Furniture Manufacturing Company

Poteau Valley Industries, Inc.

Hardwood Products Corporation

Waldron Furniture Industries, Inc.

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative

Shipley Baking Company (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

Dee's Cut N' Curl

Ben M. Hogan Co. Inc. General Contractor (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Scott County Farm Bureau

Forest Products Company (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

Bank of Waldron

Yoes Printing and Lithographing Co., Fort Smith, Arkansas


Clyde Hawkins, County Judge

Sarratt's Lumber & Post Company

Arkansas - Oklahoma Gas Company (R.D. Self, Jr. and Curtis Billings)

Rice - Martin Funeral Home

Waldron Post Office Employees

Parsley's 5 cents to $1

Otasco  (John Evans, Owner)

Martha's Fashion (Martha Watkins)

Marsh Dry Goods (Bill Marsh)

J. Ray & Maria's Mobile Homes (Mena Arkansas)

Citgo LP Gas

Plummer's Grocery (Ivan Plummer)

City Furniture Mart (James Richmond, Bill Newborn, Frank Hutchens)

Denton Motor Company (Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler)

Sartain Grocery and Station (Parks, Arkansas)

Amenda's Beauty Walk

Angel's Shoe Shop

Ben Franklin Store (Jim and Nada Currier)

Bethel's Department Store (Griff and Isabelle Bethel)

Waldron Parts (Herman Atchley, Frankie Newberry)

Arnold Howard, Sheriff and Collector

Ward's House of Bargains (New and Used Furniture)

Tate's Lion Station

Waldron News (Randel Grigsby)

Owens' Drug Store

Elliott Hardware

Downtown and Waldron Speedwashes (Bill and Mary Jordan)

Crain's Motel

Glen Dale Sparks, County Treasurer

Waldron Flower Shop (Mae Dell Sikes, Owner)

Sears (Mae Dell and David Sikes, Owners)

Waldron Dry Goods (Mr. and Mrs. Louie Plummer)

Oliver's Jewelry

The Ladies and Mens Shop

Karen's Beauty Korner (Karen Smith, owner)

L. J. Watkins

Jones Custom Slaughterhouse

Hutchens' Needmore

Acee Milk Company (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

Waldron Tractor & Farm Supply (James Hogge)

Waldron Tire Shop

Parks 4-H

Midway Park Restaurant and Gift Shop (Mr. and Mrs. Bird Vines)

Hughes Insurance Agency, Inc. (Agents J.A. Dalton and Billy R. Dalton)

Valmac Industries, Inc.

Rice Furniture and Appliance

United Dollar Store

Theo Money Chevrolet Company

Judy's Drive In

Swepco

Ebie's Flower and Gift Shop

Charlie's Collision Service

Sims Building Materials

Gross Distributing Company (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Waldron Business and Professional Women's Club

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

I can think of a few other businesses, such as Harris Motor Company and Buddy Gray's Grocery, that are not listed here, but this is just a listing of businesses that advertised in the yearbook.  Pretty impressive list.  Those were the days...

1 comment:

  1. I can honestly say that I've never heard of the great majority of them, but I certainly know the feeling acquired while reading a list such as that. Give me a similar list from Boston and environs and I'd be flooded with good nostalgic feelings, recall one or two stories about most, and be thankful for the privilege. Thanks for sharing so much of your wonderful town with me.

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